Netflix.pngDuring yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple announced several improvements to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including HTML5 video support for Netflix. According to Apple, the improvements bring an extra two hours of video watching under a single battery charge when streaming Netflix video with Yosemite.

Netflix today confirmed that it supports HTML5 video streaming on Safari in OS X Yosemite, explaining that it has worked closely with Apple to implement Premium Video Extensions in Safari. The extensions allow playback of video content in the browser without using plugins like Microsoft's Silverlight.

We're especially excited that Apple implemented the Media Source Extensions (MSE) using their highly optimized video pipeline on OS X. This lets you watch Netflix in buttery smooth 1080p without hogging your CPU or draining your battery. In fact, this allows you to get up to 2 hours longer battery life on a MacBook Air streaming Netflix in 1080p - that's enough time for one more movie!

Netflix's plugin-free video is currently available to all OS X Yosemite users who have installed the beta. OS X Yosemite will be released to the public this fall.

Update 6/10 5:10 PM PT: A thread on the MacRumors forums suggests Netflix's HTML 5 player requires sandy bridge architecture or better, meaning it will work with Macs from 2011 and later.

Related Forum: OS X Yosemite

Top Rated Comments

matthew12 Avatar
111 months ago
Sweet, now I have no reason for Silverlight to be on my computer.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peace Avatar
111 months ago
Some may not realize it yet but Yosemite also brings native support for AC-3 5.1 audio.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
111 months ago
Brilliant :P I'm sick of Silverlight already !

Yup. Netflix is the only reason I have Silverlight.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wsc9005 Avatar
111 months ago
Brilliant :P I'm sick of Silverlight already !
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chirpie Avatar
111 months ago
Between items like this or Final Cut Pro X's usage of the GPUs, it's a friendly reminder of how much software optimization really matters, just as much as the CPU year over year percentage performance race.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NT1440 Avatar
111 months ago


I'm always a little weary when every Apple says "modern" Mac because it can mean "within the last two or three years" to Apple. Just look at the AirPlay Mirroring and Power Nap requirements above.

Those are features that utilize hardware built into the "i" core series intel processors (i3, i5, i7). There is physically no way to implement them using the same protocols for older devices.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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